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Neil Henry LaPine, 78

October 02, 2009

MAY 1, 1931-OCT. 1, 2009

Neil Henry LaPine, 78, passed away Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown, Md.

Born May 1, 1931, in Champlain, N.Y., he was the son of the late Allie (Cardin) LaPine. He was the husband of 55 years to Jacqueline Elizabeth (Bassford) LaPine of Hagerstown.

Neil attended school in Mooers, N.Y. He served five years in the U.S. Army and served at SHAPE Headquarters in Paris, France, under Gen. Eisenhower during the Korean Conflict, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. After his discharge, he was employed by the Champlain Telephone Co., Champlain, N.Y., as an accountant. He then worked for the Sylvan Lake Telephone Co., Hopewell Junction, N.Y., as an accountant/office manager until 1974. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1998.

Neil was elected Justice of the Peace for the Town of Mooers, N.Y., and served from 1960 through 1964. He was active in the Democratic Party and served as Democratic chairman in the early 1960s.

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Neil was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Telephone Pioneers of America.

In addition to his wife, Neil is survived by six children, Ricky and Lillian LaPine of Hagerstown, Bonnie and Michael Tinsley of Vanceboro, N.C., Neil S. LaPine of Hagerstown, Shannon and Charles Efantes of Hyde Park, N.Y., Robert and Linda LaPine of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., and David and Lisa LaPine of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The Memorial Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown. The Rev. Fr. William Foley will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown with the Christian wake service at 3:30 p.m.

The Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, Bryan K. Kenworthy P.A., 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences are accepted at www.geraldminnichfuneralhome.com.

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